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>> on "america tonightmentful" force "america tonight": leaving veterans despr care. any change comes too late for the fallen soldiers who just couldn't wait for help. >> we've been told we need treatment and they said we don't really have any space for you or time for you. >> the system that led america's veterans down and why change at the top may not be enough to stave next generation of wounded. also tonight, the fight for
chicago, a community stands up in protest against violence and for the kinds of help that might save lives. >> he lost his life because he couldn't get the gunshot wound treated. >> and. >> three, two, one, zero. >> liftoff for the next generation of space travel. you can go along, too for a price. good evening and thank you for joining us, i'm joie chen. it was the soldier who took the fall as general eric shinseki became the highest member of the you obama administration forced out of office. left many war wounded waiting for medical care, shinseki offered his resignation tot
president who immediately accepted it. but the turmoil that has royaled the va will not stop there, with serious doubt how to firm it. we begin our reporting from "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar. >> isaac sims suffered two tours of are duty in iraq and afghanistan . what killed him was return to america. >> he was all about fitness training. >> the son and grandson of veterans all he'd ever wanted to do was serve. >> hi, my name is specialist i've sac sims. >> christmas greeting from his first tour in iraq. by his second tour he had become a respected sergeants.
isaac dreamed of a career. but with skull frur and damaged knees he was discharged. then there was his mental state. >> he had nightmares, every time he slept, he had nightly mayors. he had found some guys, fell in love with them, l fought with them every day, had to pick up their body parts. that killed him. >> the va concluded he was 80% disabled. isaac hadn't been able to stick with a job. he was using drugs. his marriage was falling part ended up with a violent confrontation that led to court. >> he had ptsd. he was doing some strange things this is where we were told to be. >> isaac was sentenced to two years probation. the judge said he needed immediate treatment at the va hospital.
that same day straight from the courtroom sims went to the hospital. >> we go to admission. they say what are you doing here? he says we're in the va system, we're veterans and we're supposed to be in treatment. we've been told to report here, we've been told we need treatment and we want to check in. well, they say we really don't have any space for you. >> that was on april 30th. there would be no bed the va told sims for at least a month. isaac got into trouble again, and again the same judge ordered him to the va, for immediate treatment. >> judge said it's got to happen. they said we don't have any beds. >> last weekend isaac sims got a gun. >> i was pretty sure that was the police the standoff. i said what? >> reporter: after a five hour standoff isaac sims left the house and raised his gunpointing it at the police.
the officers -- gun, pointing it at the police. the officers fired on isaac. the callousness of the va ignoring even an order of a judge. >> a few minutes ago,ing secretary shinseki offered me his resignation. with considerable regret i accepted. >> false fied wait-times at a -- falsified wait times at a veterans hospital in phoenix. >> we know that breach of trust, involved the tracking of patient wait-times for appointments. >> my attitude is for folks who have been fighting on the battle field they should not have to fight a bureaucracy at home to get the care that they've earned. >> reporter: but that is exactly what has happened. problems at the va don't end in
phoenix or kansas city or with wait times or failure to act on crisis. across the country repeated investigation by the va's own inspector general found that thousands of claims were not properly processed, required medical exams were not scheduled. mental health care was improperly denied, and staff were improperly trained to process complex claims especially mental health claims. mountains of paper files. veterans claims for benefit, stacked so high weighing soful the building was at threat of collapse. va administrators have acknowledged that at that office alone hundreds of vets have waited two years or more for benefits claims to be processed. >> i want to know what's working. i want to know what is not working and i want specific
recommendations on how va can up their game. >> reporter: it's going otake a lot more than a new face at the top to fix the va. for the va to be able if not fix, at least hem, soldiers like -- help soldiers like sergeant sims. >> "america tonight" reporter smrve joinsheila macvicar joins. is this going to help the va? >> it operates dozens of hospital he, it administers benefits for millions of veterans, veterans of all of america's previous wars, veterans who are getting older, veterans who have influence needs. then you have this great number of young men and women who served in iraq and afghanistan who have a whole host of problems who need help and the va is simply not equipped to do it.
>> sheila even as he resigned as secretary, eric shinseki admitted the va is plagued with problemsen being. >> joining us, a couple whose son are committed suicide. left them a lettering listing the problems he faced in the va system. we are so sorry for your loss but you have done great work in trying to bring this to the attention of people and i'm struck by some of the things that your son had said in his letter that he really felt the government had led him down. has turned around and abandoned me. in what ways? >> oh in a myriad of ways. we did a 15-page report on the different roadblocks that daniel experienced at the phoenix va, that when we went to washington, d.c, the first time, people just kind of shook their head yes, that they were aware of these problems. and they -- these were staff
people and they -- they felt almost helpless to make changes. because there just was not enough support, political support to make the differences. >> dr. summers, this is sheila macvicar in washington with joie. your activism following death of your son, have you come to any conclusions as to why as your wife says there is no political twoil make the changes? >> there is some political will. the problem is, washington is broken. we all know that. we all know that everything is done for one purpose and that's to get reelected. we have a mantra that we call accountant, access and advocacy. and it's our feeling that if everyone not only at the va but in congress, took those three words to heart, we wouldn't have these issues. we -- there's been -- there was a recent bill introduced, and there has been trouble getting
co-sponsors because people from the opposite party don't want to come on the bill as co-sponsors feeling that if they do, then the person who introduced the bill would be helped in his reelection campaign. >> jean summers, you have seen this, you saw parallels i'm you sure between your son's experience what you learned after his death and so many other stories where he sought help. he did try go back for help over and over again and yet was turned away so many times even down to the end. >> well, he really only touched the va system in 2008. he had trouble be, h, he first d to get in, in 2007 and because he was national guard there was some confusion as to whether or not the va was responsible for his care or the zod because he was in an inactive ready reserve status. supposedly that was resolved and the default was the va.
we didn't know that was true, we have been told that was true. it would be wonderful to hear from the current national guard in that status to see if they will be seen at the va. >> we know that things are not changed at the phoenix facility. they they still use a post cart system, you don't get any confirmation of an appointment. we met with the administration of the va on a number of occasions. they assured us they were work on a call they center, we don't know if that happened. they said we will send you a post card. in daniel's case, he had been living in many a place for four years, and they had an incorrect address. >> not always incorrect, sometimes incorrect. >> this was not just for the health care aspect but the
benefits aspect. he was getting a lot of trouble getting his disability benefits and this continued until the time of his death. >> howard summers and jean summers. also with us, sheila macvicar and we appreciate you sharing your pain. >> thank you. >> after the break: tracking the next big one. worst-case scenarios and what angelinos who expect. >> if it were in the daytime people would be in their offices situation. there are literally hundreds of buildings that could collapse. >> what scientists know about the great earthquake destined to rumble through southern california some day. >> and the great protest. >> how are we going to get it? people power. >> a community braces for
another summer and demands, chicago do something if they can't save lives at least send help. consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the government shutdown. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete? real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america
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as a person >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> if you live in california you know it can happen at any time, the big one. los angeles is on alert especially when it comes to its high rise buildings. in fact this week, l.a. county took issue with wood frame buildings that could collapse in the big one. it's been decades since the northridge earthquake, and now the softest spots what could come at any second. "america tonight"'s michael okwu. on california's fault.
>> i felt like a giant had picked up my house and started shaking it. >> in the predawn hours of january 17th, 1994. susan and her family woke up to a nightmare. a large earthquake more powerful than any the southern california native had are experienced. >> my husband grabtd m grad my daughter, four years old. and i grabbed my daughter, two years old. and so much had fallen we couldn't escape. >> when the shaking stopped, 57 people were dead. make it is northridge earthquake one of of the deadliest and mow expensive in u.s. history. >> you can see, we had to take it down to the very frame of the house. >> aslin's family lost their dream home and spent the next six months living in the driveway.
some neighbors fared worse including one man who committed suicide. 20 years on, memories of northridge still haunt angelinos yet seismology experts report that los angeles county remain ill repaired for a bigger earthquake destined to strike. given the multiple fault lines that carve the region. their buildings not yet upgraded to withstand the violent quake. among them, lacking sheer walls at their base, mid rise steel buildings with poor welding or concrete structures like these. >> we definitely expect to see some of these nonduck tile concrete buildings just collapse.
>> tom heaton is the director of the earthquake registry of technology. >> not many would survive that situation. there are thousands of buildings that could collapse in that stage. >> heaton redeveloped a study of how buildings would move in these situations. >> non nonduck nonductile buildings. >> highly susceptible to a major earthquake right now. >> i think that's correct . we've known for decades that these buildings need to be
retrofitted, retired. finding the political will to do something about it is much more difficult. how much of the details to believe here is still being debated. >> by some estimates, a strong earthquake could level between six to 10,000 soft-story structures alone, threatening tens of thousands of people and we're not just talking about ordinary residential and office buildings. dozens of l.a.'s most prominent structures are in jeopardy. from the icons off hollywood boulevard to some of the towers that line the miracle mile. after years of inertia, city officials are finally waking up. thanks oa surge of media attention and troubling new research that was released around the 20th anniversary of northridge . in january los angeles mayor eric
garcetti, tapped luisy jones to praish residents for prepare residents for next big ones. known to many as the earthquake lady, jones has the daunting task of identifying l.a.'s most critical infrastructure risks and them. >> what are the priorities? >> you can't live without water and you can't run a business without water. that's potentially the most vulnerable part of our infrastructure. loss of it is really bad. >> jones says the four main aqueducts cross a major fault line and are likely to break in a large quake. it could take between 12 to 18 months to repair the aqueducts leaving millions of angelino bes dependent on whatever reserves are available. >> if you look back in time, it
took san francisco 40 years to get back to the level of economic activity after the 1906 earthquake. >> to be clear about this you are saying an earthquake in californi southern california today could destroy the economy? >> yes. if we don't have water for six months how long are you willing to stay without a shower? >> mayor garcetti, to the ire of property owners who are reluctant to make hefty investments, jason razy lives in one of them. he says mandatory ratings and retrofits would have factored into where he and his wife chose to live. >> we probably would have ended up someplace else. there are plenty of other places
similar to had that are probably retrofitted. >> but like many easy going californians who have lived through many earthquakes he's not losing any sleep. >> unless it's an 8.0 or something, i don't think it's an issue. >> people have been sort of lulled into complacency here in southern california. >> it is this kind of feeling that troubles lucy jones. >> the year after a big earthquake we get legislation through. more than a year past, it loses out to other priorities because it's way -- it's too far in the future. and that's one of the reasons i'm really excited about what i'm doing with l.a. now. this is the first time ever we have got an focused effort on seismic resilience without a bik earthquake. >> studying earthquakes excites you. >> yes. >> you're scientist. >> yes.
>> but do you get nervous? >> what makes me nerve nervous e way people respond to-e. earthquakes are fine. i'd love to have a big earthquakes in a place like this where i can experience it and not worry about it. but what you worry about is what human construction does during an earthquakes. >> whenever the next big one strikes tom heaton wants to give people a new start. an early warning system that would alert people in southern california to the earthquake before it lapse. >> the good news, bad news, earthquakes happen very quickly so we're only talking seconds, to tens of seconds here. >> i keep shoes by my bed. i don't want to have to walk over glass. >> as susan tells it, there's no time to lose.
with their home crumbling around them their family somehow found a path to safety. >> what is it like to come back to this home? >> it brings back a lot of memories. >> they have since moved to a new neighborhood that aslin says is less vulnerable to earthquakes. though she has peace of mind these days she will never forget the lessons ever northridge. michael okwu, al jazeera, southern california. >> after the break, a cry from a community that desperately needs it. >> that would be just the little -- that little little piece of light in a really dark room. >> why help is so far away for the victims of the city's ongoing gun violence. the fight for chicago and the fight for hip in an emergency. -- for help in an emergency. >> don't miss the system with joe burlinger al jazeera america's
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briefing room, jay carney is stechg down. stepping down. john earnest will be his replacement. >> cannabis oil, used to treat children with seizure disorder, parents will be able to buy the oil out of state and use it in iowa. temperatures are climbing, the city's south side braces for what could be another hot bloody summer in chicago. mayor rahm emanuel, on the city's south side gun sales are just one part of the equation. how to survive the fight for chicago from "america tonight"'s christof putzel. >> it's an all too common scene ton south side of chicago. police
cordoning the area. chalk outlines. symbols of gun violence react in protest against a system that's failing osave lives. >> what do we want? when do we want it? now. >> for weeks now residents are demonstrating to bring attention to a critical need. politician he say it's all about gun control while people here say they're meesing the point. >> they -- missing a point. >> they believe our children are violent. i believe our children are suffering. >> it would be that really little little piece of light in a really dark room. >> in 1988, the university of chicago shut down the only level 1 trauma facility serving chicago on the south side. only open to children under 16. >> common sense says these people are dying because they can't get to a trauma center in time.
why not put a trauma center? >> candace denard, in 2010, her brother damien was shot just outside the university of chicago. he was alived and talking when the ambulance came to get him. but by the time the ride to the hospital ten miles away, the boy was dead. >> he couldn't go to a loss literally six blows away. everyone in the community got to thinking, why wasn't he taken to the university? >> the death turned into an outrage and that outrage turned into a cause. >> this is youth oriented movement. these are youth doing something positive. these are youth who recognize that a fend of theirs had been killed and they want to do something about it. >> he didn't lose his life because of a gunshot wound. he lost his life because he couldn't
get the gunshot treated. >> victoria creider says the problem is racially charged. >> back in segregation days, when dr. king had to persuade a bunch of white people why giving black people rights would be a good idea. it's like we have to convince the racist institution of chicago that giving a trauma center to the black people on the south side of chicago is right. >> the medical officials say it isn't that simple. james daugherty is a many trauma physician,. >> we're the only trauma center serving the entire south side of chicago and it's an area unfortunately where there is a lot of patients with gunshot wounds, stab without, who --
wounds, who require very urgent care. the problem is, it is very expensive to provide trauma care and hospitals on the south side have difficulty with the financial burden. as long as trauma is viewed as a burden, it is going to be hard to provide. >> the university of chicago did decline to provide an interview for this story. the medical center would have to build services and teams from the ground up, this would take of services away from other are services critical to the city, the south side's only trauma center for the children, emergency medical unit and helicopter. >> they told us, they continue afford one yet they just built this $100 million facility.
it only cost 20 o40 million to hold a trauma center for a year. >> dr. evan you lyon. >> a lot of what became the standard of national care was determined and figured out here. >> the university of chicago is also among several institutions bidding to host barack obama's presidential library. but demonstrators here say it shouldn't be considered until it opens up its trauma center to adults. >> we are leer to plead the barack obama to consider the university of chicago being and the relationship that the community has with them, before he decides to give them his about the president library. we feel like the university of chicago is not within good standing of the community that it surrounds. >> there are more than 400 murders in chicago last year. the year before there were more than 500.
but if damien turner's death exposed anything, it's that not every trauma center has the ability to survive. >> that every center shouldn't are trauma care. the issue is very, very maybe, it needs to be done, this is the place that is to do it, we're not a private institution but a public institution should be accountability to the community. >> a community that refuses to take no for an answer. >> as long as there are still young black lives being lost in the community and have been lost to lack of trauma care, this fight will not dwindle. it will just get big are and bigger and bigger. >> christof putzel, al jazeera. >> what can make a difference? joining us now is dr. mary crandall, dr. crandall we just heard the story of this young man. he was six blocks away, ended up having to go ten miles away and
he died. can you give me an idea in these life and death situations how much of a difference it makes to be that much closer to a trauma facility? >> so this is a subject of some research that we published last year. and hi done my training at cook county hospital in chicago and found that transport times for penetrating wound or shot ones were very being short because they were close. anecdotally i noted patients who suffered gunshot wounds had 20 o30 minute transport times. for truly life threatening injuries they were likely to die. we utilized data from illinois state trauma, and found that
controlling for other are issues, whether or not people would be more likely the die if they were shot further away from a trauma center. and we found that there were 23% more likely the die if they were outside of a five-mile radius of a trauma center. >> 23% more. i am a south side girl myself and i know that we cannot dance around the racial issues on this. these are poor communities. these are minority communities. how does that play into the equation? >> well, as you know, trauma and particularly gun violence disproportionately affects people of color and the poor in the united states. what we were surprised to find is that in chicago, that these trauma deserts that we described were even more disproportionately african-american and the population less likely to be ensured in terms of hearing. we knew that trauma itself discriminated but we didn't realize that these trauma deserts were even more
disenfranchised than the general population in chicago, who's already suffering as you know compared to the rest of the country. a disproportionate share of violence. >> we appreciate your being with us, northwestern university, feinberg university, dr. crandall, thanks very much. >> looking ahead on our program, a lens trained on the law. >> a lot of people were close are by? >> yes. >> were they arrested? >> no, they weren't ratherred, i was the own one arrested, the guy with the camera. >> "america tonight"'s adam may, citizen cameramen. monday night. the al jazeera series, the system with joe berlin ger takes
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a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america >> declaring it is time to turn the page on afghanistan, this week president obama announced plans to end the u.s. combat mission this year. less than 10,000 service members will remain only to help train afghan forces. with so much criticism for veterans care, the longest wore in u.s. history with -- war in u.s. history. what troops experience in the hornet's nest. afghanistan. after three decades in the world's worst places, hot zones of conflict, iraq, el salvador. >> marines say the objective of this mission was met. >> this could have been just one more stop for combat correspondent mike
boetcher. boetcher felt he had to keep up the story. >> i felt as journalists we became as wash-weary as the rest of the nation did and really stopped talking about covering these soldiers and marines and sailors and airmen who were sent to the front lines. if as a nation we are going to commit our young men and women over there to a war in our name then we better darn sure cover them. >> over a two year period, boetcher embedded with u.s. forces. >> meyer didn't make it up. >> side by side, in the firefight, aiming his lens at the real life experience of americans in war. >> hey z, give me eyes on that ridge and your 11. >> you volunteer to serve 10,000
miles away in a war zone and your life depends on the guy to the left of you and the right of you, that is their support network, the family over there. >> family they count on for their lives. a one day mission for the elite unit for 101st unit, became omulti-day war. >> i was after the human element of being in a place 10,000 miles from your home with every chance to die every day you woke up. and that's what this film captures. that's why it's different from a war film. it's really not a film about war. it really isn't, i think. are it's a film about family and about bonds and the closeness of people. >> he is your
friend. you're going oname him pet. you okay pet? >> the only thing they have is themselves. each other. that's who they fight for. when they're out there in the middle of a gun fight they're not thinking about some huge strategic objective like a global war on terrorism. they're thinking about how they're all going oge to get ouf there alive. >> it's very hard to describe. they're reply brothers because you go through worst conditions ever with them. are you experience the worst that man has to offer when you're getting shot at. the hate, the anger, you feel so many emotions, there's the full spectrum, this full range of emotions. it doesn't matter if you're black, white, indian, arabic, you're the same blood, when you are fighting net next oeach other.
that's all that -- next to each other. that's all it means. >> rory, embedded with his unit in homan province. after this was filmed hamil was hit by an ied. >> it had been raining all night and we were walking through knee-high mud and i stepped on a metallic pressure plate. i didn't get knocked out. i watched my leg separate from my body. i thought, that didn't happen, there's no way that happened. i tried to stand up but i couldn't. my friends, my brothers, my marines, they got to me, they saved my life. they got me on the helo. i eventually died on the helo but they brought me back to life. here i am today. it's a long arduous process but
i'm alive and kicking. >> he said seeing the film helped him get through that dark time. >> the film helped me out a lot because i didn't know what to do. i didn't know where to go. i didn't know how i was going to live my life. because obviously i'm used e-used to being full--- i'm used to being full-body. there's many, many people not just about me. >> it is as hamil says, about family, about the brothers in arms. just as the film was for boetcher who brought his son to the fight. carlos decided to join his father embedded on the front line. judge well, he didn't put the decision in my hands. he said he was going no matter what. i guess i could have like cut him off and said no. but he was 22 years old. about the same age as when i started covering wars. he made a decision that he wanted to do something important
and that he also wanted to no why as a foreign correspondent for three decades i was never there for birthdays, christmas, thanksgiving, just never home. and he wanted to know why i chose that path. >> in the end the experience allows the son to understand his father's choices and the film exposes viewers to the special bonds of brothers born of war. >> there is a quad tha squad tht surrounded and carlos came to me is i was suiting up and said pop if you are doing this, you're going to die. he said, i'll go, not you. it's created a bond that's not just a father-son bond. it's a bond of brothers and sisters who are caught up in extreme situations, warfare and survived. be. >> this movie accurately accurately shows what we do. it's exactly what we go through.
and for americans, for those people to come up and say thank you, they mean well, they see this movie, they'll be able to understand why they're saying thank you. >> the movie is the hornet's nest. from the voice of a journalist observer, to a series of schizophrenic events, her mother sent rosie perez to a hospital. >> you called your mother crazy many times in the book. you described beatings from her, the verbal and the physical abuse. was she ever diagnosed as mentally ill? >> she was diagnosed as mentally ill. and yet, they still did not take her parental rights away. because they viewed her as being responsible by putting me in a home. even though i was in a loving
home. my father's sister. and with my father. >> you mean in tia's home? >> in tia's home. you know but initially i used to think that she was just extreme. that she had this extreme personality. and then by eight or nine years old i was like no, she's crazy. and i didn't know -- i didn't know to call it mental illness. i just, she's crazy. and other people would confirm it to me. thinking it was funny. and there was nothing funny about it. there's nothing funny about mental illness. >> when you were a child did you feel like rejected by her? do you remember feeling that? >> duh, yeah. yes, absolutely from day 1. from day 1. >> from the day you could remember her? >> from the day i could remember
her, i felt rejected by her. from her leaving me in the home. from her treating me differently from my other siblings. it's -- you know for her not taking me back. and people would always ask me why would you want to go back? and that's the crazy dynamics. that's the craze yeah dynamics that exist with -- crazy dynamics with the abuser and the person being abused. especially the child and their parent. you want your parent to move you, you want your parent to want you. it's very difficult for people to understand, but it is what it is. and it is that. and it was very true for me. >> was there a silver lining to being you know in the system, as you describe it in the book? >> yes. you know when you talk about, you know, the issues of child
abuse and the foster care system, and being a ward of the state, there were policy means everything. >> what do you mean. >> policy means everything. there was policy changes that the nuns couldn't hit us anymore. there were policy changes that allowed us to get a job because upstate, there was so much prejudice if i went to go get a job, the only job coy get was well you can rake lawns on my lawn at the ceta program, president carter allowed me to have a real job and get a real paycheck at the age of 12, 13, 14. that's fantastic. so when we were going to the group home they told us all of these things are going to be available to you. i was beyond excited. and i was the most excited, i was about that there wasn't
going too to be a damn nun arou. i was yay, god bless america. that was subsidized 50 state of new york. people call social welfare and taxpayer's money to help the poor, yeah. it's not my fault i was born into poverty. >> and it worked for you. >> and it worked and it gave me a fighting chance. yes, i was a child of poverty. i was a child of the system. when i went to go live back with my family in brooklyn, i was a child of welfare. i was a child of you know this or that. and certain policies allowed me to better myself because i wanted better. and i knew i was better. you know, and it's not like we're like oh poor pity me, can i have a handout? it's like no if you can just help me a little bit i will do the hard work. that's what i mean, policy was fantastic.
>> stephanie sy's interview with rosy ar perez, comes up this weekend on "talk to al jazeera." consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the government shutdown. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete? real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america vé
america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now where. >> onlily tonight, a little town in new mexico could become the center of the universe. virgin dpla galactic. space port america. "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha has a story on the next generation of this star trek. >> the sleepy town of truth or consequences new mexico will be awakened by the booming
commercial space industry. >> four three two one zero. we have liftoff of the falcon 9. ftc. >> about an our -- about an hour's drive into the dusty area, being virgin galactic and spacex, are owned by richard branson and elon musk. clearing the way for the company to start planning space flights. >> that's unique part of this, the democratization of the space industry. you and i thinking about going to are space.
you had to be an astronaut, had you to train with nasa. >> falcon 9r, a spacecraft that can take off and land vertically vertically. like the 1960s r60s science fiction knowledge films. >> to scrert cl vertically land and cli vertically launch. others have tried it but somehow have stopped. >> stopping space canaveral, florida. still flock oro to l roswell, new mexico.
hoping that the economic windfall, while others fear it will change their laid back way of life. >> being people who have known each other since grade school, still meet for the town dance, cowboys and cowgirls still exist. and rocket-themed motel they hope the rbl that the town and the spaceship existence can coexist. >> come here to make their life the way they want to. maybe there's room for everybody. >> others aren't as optimistic. >> i see articles on the mainstream news about the space port and i think it's hard for locals to realize the impact it's going to
have. but it's so slow coming, that -- and this is a tiny little town -- that i wouldn't trade places and i wouldn't want to live in l.a. or santa fe. >> thursday night near los angeles news crews gathered and the bright lights flashed for an event reminiscent of a hollywood premier, the man of the night, elon musk who revealed space dragon 2. designed to ferry up to seven restaurants to the international space station. >> it's not merely the fact that russia is taunting the united states for lack of manned access to space but they're also naturally overcharging and i think it's gone even above 70 million, it's $76 million a seat
that the russians are charging. the quote that we provided nasa would allow the cost per stroant to b astronaut to be potentially less than $20 million. >> a feat for the final frontier that many had dreamed about but still find harder to believe. >> it feels much more real but it also feels like i'm look at something that's a set for a science fiction movie. >> lori jane gliha tells us the flight on sir richard's space shoot would set you back $250,000. that's set for next year. that's it for "america tonight." see you next time.
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